It’s the Super Bowl of the auto industry, with the international premiere of over 50 new cars – the North American International Auto show is in full swing and we’ve got the hautest rides from Cadillac, Chevrolet and more below…
Want to know which ride had the entire show buzzing from day one? Without a doubt, it was the debut of the 2014 Corvette Stingray!
Chevrolet unveiled the 2014 Corvette Stingray at a special event Sunday, January 13, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. The new Corvette is the most powerful standard model ever, with an estimated 450 horsepower (335 kW) and 450 lb.-ft. of torque (610 Nm). It will accelerate from 0-60 in less than four seconds. It’s expected to be the most fuel-efficient Corvette, exceeding the EPA-estimated 26 mpg of the current model. Check out the electrifying debut of the Stingray below…
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In addition to unveilings, this was a huge weekend for the Cadillac brand as well! Detroit makers dominated as the 2013 Detroit Auto Show opened up with the annual North American International Car and Truck of the Year awards. The 2013 Cadillac ATS was awarded Car of the Year by NAIAS as well as ‘Urban Car of the Year’ at the Urban Wheel Awards.
Cadillac also unveiled the new 2014 Cadillac ELR based on its 2009 concept electric vehicle this week. Not only did Cadillac premiere the most stylish electric vehicle which will go into production later this year, it also won the Eyes On Design Best Production Vehicle Award as well.
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Over the last several years, the Lincoln brand has been in search of its definitive style and voice in the auto industry. This year, Ford has unveiled the future look for its Lincoln brand, and the redefinition begins with the 2013 Lincoln MKZ luxury sedan.
Fully equipped with pushbutton controls, large LCD screens, MyLincoln Touch system, in-car apps and my favorite feature – the amazing panoramic sunroof, this sedan is luxurious inside and out.
With warmer tones, sleek lines and a stylish chrome grill reminiscent of the illustrious Astin Martin design – the concept of the new Lincoln MKZ is nothing short of beauty paired with essence of what the ultimate luxury vehicle is supposed to be.
On January 9th the night before the 2012 Detroit Auto Show Press Preview began, GM held a revealing party for the much anticipated Cadillac ATS. This event was beyond, pleasingly graceful and stylish (just like the car). Filled with trendy food, elegant music, and modern décor – it easily made for a spectacular platform to introduce the Cadillac ATS.
This vehicle is light and powerful, and on the inside it gets even better. On display was the CUE system a touch screen with voice recognition; this system was top notch and user friendly. The highlights of the ATS were on display through out the event and made for a great teaser. The final unveiling of the ATS was straight to the point that the ATS is a powerful compact luxury vehicle that will compete with the best. When asked to describe the Cadillac ATS in one word Don Butler, vice president of marketing Cadillac said, “Quick, but really you need three words.” Maybe the three words were quick nimble, and fun! GM put on an exceptional presentation that leaves you wanting for more of the ATS. Available soon, make sure you check out Cadillac.com or visit your local Cadillac dealership to inquire about vehicle availability. If you can’t wait and want to learn more about the new Cadillac ATS – check out our first impressions HERE.
You’ve asked for it! A sleeker, sexier sedan to fit your stylish needs…and Ford listened! The all-new Ford Fusion was revealed earlier this week during the North American International Auto Show and its been receiving rave reviews! Featuring a sleek silhouette and fresh face, the all-new Fusion is the latest in a series of vehicles from Ford – following the 2011 Fiesta subcompact and 2012 Focus small cars – developed to satisfy customers everywhere who want leading fuel efficiency, helpful technologies and game-changing looks. But here’s where the Fuse stands out – the new Ford Fusion is the first sedan to offer gasoline, hybrid and plug-in hybrid powertrains, each with expected top fuel economy, underscoring Ford’s commitment to give customers the power of choice.
The Fusion Hybrid – 2010 North American Car of the Year – continues to innovate and evolve with all-new lithium-ion batteries that save weight and generate more power than previous nickel-metal hydride batteries, while raising maximum speed under electric-only power from 47 mph to 62 mph. Fusion Hybrid also features an all-new 2.0-liter Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder gasoline engine, significantly downsized from the previous 2.5-liter unit while maintaining performance standards. This innovative powertrain is anticipated to deliver best-in-class fuel economy of 47 mpg in city driving and 44 mpg on the highway.
Fusion Hybrid fuel economy stands to outperform the 2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid by 4 mpg city and 5 mpg highway and the 2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid by 12 mpg and 4 mpg, respectively. Topping the fuel-efficiency ladder is the Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid, aiming to be the most fuel-efficient midsize car in the world. Arriving this fall, Fusion Energi is anticipated to deliver more than 100 MPGe, a mile per gallon equivalency metric for electrified vehicles. This is 8 MPGe more than the Chevrolet Volt and 13 MPGe more than the projected efficiency of the Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid model.
The Fusion Merges Stylish Technology on four wheels…
The all-new Fusion offers an unprecedented portfolio of driver assistance and convenience technologies based on sensors, cameras and radar that enable the car to see and respond. Fusion can help drivers maintain proper lane position, adjust vehicle speed to changing traffic conditions, identify suitable parking spaces and help park, even aiding drivers backing out of parking space where visibility is obstructed. Specific technologies include:
- Lane Keeping System: No need to fear about “drifting” into the next lane over. With Fusion’s Lane Keeping System technology the system will alert a driver if drowsiness or erratic lane-keeping is detected. The second element warns a driver with a steering wheel vibration if the Fusion drifts too close to lane markings and even apply pressure on the steering to help bring the car back into proper lane position
- Adaptive cruise control: Using forward-looking radar, this system “looks” down the road when activated, slowing the Fusion when slower traffic is detected ahead. Adaptive cruise control enables collision warning with brake support to help slow the car if the potential of a crash is detected
- Active park assist: Using sensors, this technology can identify a suitable parallel parking space, calculate the trajectory and steer the car to properly position it within the spot. All a driver need do is operate accelerator and brake pedals. It does the parking for you!
- Blind Spot Information System (BLIS®) with cross-traffic alert: Sensors keep an eye out for your blind spots for you. BLIS technology enables cross-traffic alert, warning the driver of oncoming traffic when backing out of a parking space with obstructed views, such as between two large trucks or vans.
The Fusion stays in sync with the driver…
The all-new Fusion offers the latest iteration of Ford’s award-winning, industry-exclusive SYNC®communications and entertainment system, which enables voice-activated communication through a driver’s mobile phone and interaction with the car’s audio system. Fusion also offers the latest version of MyFord Touch®, allowing a driver to interact with vehicle systems through voice control, a touch screen tap or a conventional button. Both SYNC and MyFord Touch – powered by SYNC – help reduce the potential for driver distraction through voice-controlled functionality, allowing drivers to keep hands on the wheel and eyes on the road.
Fusion will be produced and will appear in Ford showrooms in North America and South America later this year.
Over the years, cars have traveled a long way becoming more luxurious, sexier and completely safer to drive. Technology has been a huge influence in how concept cars are designed and engineered for safer function & and overall enjoyable driver experience. Check out how over the years vehicles have developed safer features and how those features influence technology improvements in vehicles seen this week during the North American International Auto Show.
Which safety feature matters most to you when driving your car? How important are safety ratings vs functionality to you when selecting a new vehicle? Let us know!
We’re LIVE at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, MI and boy does it feels good to be home! With such an eclectic gathering of new concept cars, the latest in driving technology and the sexiest, stylish designs I’ve ever seen – it got me to thinking…What Would Bond Do? Bond? James Bond that is. I would undoubtedly love to be a Bond girl, but moreso – I’d love to be Bond himself, driving some of the best tricked out, super spy cars the world has ever seen…(as you can tell, I’m still on my Mission Impossible BMW high…lol). Check out the evolution of the super spy’s wheels below and let us know which set of wheels you’d like to see make a reappearance on the concept car scene.
Each car had a sleek style of it’s own – which car would have you sitting comfortable in the driver seat? Would you like to see any of these cars make a comeback as a concept car?